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Afterlives of the Roman Poets

Afterlives of the Roman Poets
Biofiction and the Reception of Latin Poetry

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Part of Classics after Antiquity

  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107180253

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  • Conscious of ancient modes of reading poetry 'for the life', Roman poets encoded versions of their lives into their texts. The result is a body of literature that cries out to be read in terms of lives in reception. Afterlives of the Roman Poets shows how the fictional biographies (or 'biofictions') of its authors have shaped the reception of Latin poetry. From medieval biographies of Ovid inscribed in the margins of his texts to republican readings of Lucan's death in periods of revolution to the 'death of the author' in Hermann Broch's Der Tod des Vergil, the book tells a cultural history of the reception of ancient literature as imagined through the lens of poets' lives. Putting modern life-writing studies and ancient poetry into dialogue, it brings biofictional reception to debates in classics, and puts antiquity and its reception onto the map of modern studies in life-writing.

    • Brings the study of antiquity and modern life-writing studies into mutually informing dialogue
    • Develops new methodologies for the study of Roman poetry and its reception, focusing on the 'biofictional' lives of poets
    • Contains in-depth and accessible case studies of key moments in the biofictional reception of Roman poetry
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107180253
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Medieval Ovids
    2. Staging the poets: Ben Jonson's Poetaster
    3. Lucan and revolution
    4. Lucretius and modern subjectivity
    5. The death of the author: Hermann Broch's Der Tod des Vergil

  • Author

    Nora Goldschmidt, University of Durham
    Nora Goldschmidt is Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University. Her publications include Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid (2013) and (edited with Barbara Graziosi) Tombs of the Ancient Poets: Between Literary Reception and Material Culture (2018).

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